Fishing has improved yet again this past week in the Mosquito Lagoon. Not only are the redfish back to slamming our Z-Man Curly Tailz, three inch Minnowz and four inch Diezel Minnowz pinned to their new Finesse Bulletz jighead, but so are the trout!
While the redfish are holding shallow and scattered about their bite has been vicious when they come. Conversely, the trout bite is active from barely a foot in water depth out to at least four feet. Many of the trout bites are “short-strikes” with the fish grabbing the lure behind the bend of the hook. The anglers who can train themselves to NOT MOVE THE LURE after missing a hook-set will often be rewarded with a second solid thump of a bite and a satisfying hook-up!
Topwater plugs are receiving some early morning attention from trout of all sizes. Still, the hook-up ratio has been poor as of late. Maybe it’s the inline single shank hooks we’re using then again maybe not. Who knows for sure; I’m just happy the trout are active again.
Look for secluded backwater bays holding fingerling silver mullet. Much of the time the baitfish are scattered across an entire bay with predatory fish slowly cruising below them looking for the “easy catch.” The savvy angler who experiments with lure size, shape, color and retrieval technique will catch plenty of fish.
If you’re not a great caster or simply prefer the real thing, chunk mullet is catching a bit of everything. As long as you’re willing to weed through the catfish there’s little doubt the redfish and trout will come by and eat eventually!